Tours and Tastings: Unique Experiences in Kyoto

Kyoto is best known for its beautiful shrines and temples
Kyoto is best known for its beautiful shrines and temples | © Alex Ramsay / Alamy Stock Photo
Kyoto is popular for a reason, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow the well-trodden path. These handpicked tours and experiences take you away from the crowds and show Kyoto in a completely different light.

Kyoto is best known for its beautiful shrines and temples, but there’s much more to the city than manicured gardens and historic architecture. For a new way to discover Kyoto, consider booking a tour or experience. From exploring the city’s lesser-known sights on a bike ride or taking a cultural walking tour with an experienced guide, to enjoying a Japanese cooking class with ingredients sourced from Nishiki Food Market, these unique experiences might just uncover a surprising side to Kyoto.

ToursKyoto Cooking Class, Sake Tasting and Nishiki Food Market Walking Tour
From $145 per person
3 hours 30 minutes
4.7 (10)
Explore the Nishiki Food Market and learn how to make a home-cooked Japanese meal on this Kyoto culinary walking tour. With a knowledgeable guide, learn about typical Japanese ingredients at the food market, and go off the beaten path with a walk through the city's back streets, filled with interesting shops. Visit an old sake brewery for a tasting, and then prepare your own sushi, soup and salad at a 1.5-hour cooking class. This tour is limited to seven people, ensuring you enjoy a small-group experience.
ToursKyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Tour
From $80 per person
3 hours 30 minutes
4.8 (10)
Savor the beauty and charm of Kyoto on this cultural walking tour. An ancient yet elegant city, Kyoto showcases all that is refined and unique about Japanese culture. Wander with your knowledgeable guide through Zen gardens, visit shrines and temples, and catch glimpses of geishas in their kimonos. Numbers are limited to 12 people, ensuring an intimate experience.
ToursHidden Kyoto E-Biking
From $78 per person
3 hours 30 minutes
4.7 (10)
This is an 8 kilometer E-biking ride that visits famous attractions as well as hidden gems in Kyoto such as the Kinkakuji, Daitokuji Temple Complex in order to visit the Koto-in and Zuiho-in, Imamiyajinja and the Kitanotenmangu Temple.
ToursKyoto Morning Tour - Golden Pavilion and Kyoto Imperial Palace from Kyoto
From $68 per person
4 hours 30 minutes
3.5 (10)
Soak up temple and palace sights on this half-day guided city tour, great for those who want to see Kyoto’s top attractions in a short time. Travel by coach in the morning and visit UNESCO-listed Nijo Castle and the gold-covered Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) with an informative guide. Then wander through the Kyoto Imperial Palace — home to the emperor until 1868 — and see how royalty lived.

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ToursKyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour
From $157 per person
2 to 8 hours
5 (9)
Kyoto is your oyster! Take control of your sightseeing itinerary by booking this customised tour. Whether it’s a minimum of two hours or a full day trip consisting of seven hours, visit all the sights you wish with a professional guide. Choose from an enormous range of cultural and historical landmarks and tick off your desired attractions all in one day! Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavillion), Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu temple and Gion district are just a pocketful of destinations out of countless others. Wherever you request, we will do our best to accommodate you as well as possible.Hotel pickup and drop-off are included to ensure you receive a totally stress-free experience.
ToursKyoto Arashiyama Rickshaw Tour with Bamboo Forest
From $91 per person
1 to 2 hours
The first stop after cruising through the bustling main street is the bamboo forest. Enjoy the vivid green bamboo as your guide pulls you along the path reserved for rickshaws only, away from other visitors. Have your camera or mobile phone ready to take pictures. You don’t want to miss this.After passing by the Nonomiya Shrine you will enter the second part of the bamboo forest, which is designed like a little park. Here we can take great group pictures with the stunning green bamboo in the background. On the way to the third and last section of the bamboo forest, you will pass by a well-kept scene from the Edo period.The third part of the bamboo forest can only be accessed on foot, so our guide will park the rickshaw within walking distance and then guide you to the most famous and impressive part of the bamboo forest. (To avoid the crowds here, we recommend starting the tour before noon.)
ToursKyoto Early Bird Tour
From $128 per person
5 hours 15 minutes
5 (10)
Kyoto is the most famous tourist destination in Japan. There are plenty of wonderful sites, but it is always bustling with tourists from all over the world, so it’s hard to enjoy Kyoto's natural beauty quietly and in depth.

Here we offer a luxurious tour that enables you to visit three of the most famous tourist attractions in Kyoto with fewer people in half a day till noon. After this tour there is time for  you to spend on other activities.